A postdoctoral position is available immediately to participate in an
on-going collaborative project relating to the biochemistry and molecular
biology of cuticular wax biosynthesis. This research has resulted in the
first cloning of a gene involved directly in cuticular wax biosynthesis, the
glossy8 gene of maize. Two research opportunities exist:
1. the chemical analysis of the composition of the cuticular waxes produced
by an existing collection of maize glossy mutants, which are affected in the
biosynthesis and/or deposition of the cuticle, and
2. molecular cloning of glossy loci, using a large collection of existing
transposon-tagged alleles of six glossy loci.
Experience in techniques of lipid analysis is particularly desirable, and
familiarity with molecular genetics would be advantageous.
For more information, contact:
Dr. Basil J. Nikolau,
Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics,
Iowa State University,
Ames, IA 50011.
e-mail: dimmas at iastate.edu